Sally Bretton

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Sally Bretton
Sally Davis

1975/1976 (age 43–44)[1]
Hertfordshire, England
Years active1987–1990, 2000–present

Sally Bretton (born Sally Davis; 1975/1976)[1] is an English actress. She is best known for appearing as Lucy Adams in the television sitcom Not Going Out since 2007, and as Martha Lloyd in the BBC1 crime drama Death in Paradise, between 2015 and 2017.

She has also been featured in programmes such as Absolute Power, Green Wing and The Office. In 2008, she played Goneril in Shakespeare's King Lear at Shakespeare's Globe.

Early life[edit]

Bretton trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama,[2] and worked as a drama teacher at Top Hat Stage and Screen School.[citation needed][when?] She chose the professional name Bretton as a Sally Davis was already registered with actors' union Equity.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Bretton has three daughters with her husband, Lee,[1][3] a photographer. She grew up in a small town in Hertfordshire and as of 2015 resides near Hitchin, Hertfordshire.[1]



Year Film Role Notes
2000 Peaches Amy
2001 Goodbye Charlie Bright Susan
2001 Happy Together Debi Television film
2005 Open Wide Karen Television film
2005 Blackbeard: Terror at Sea Mary Ormond Television film
2004 If... We Eradicate Violent Crime Dr. Sally Price Television film
2007 A Fitting Tribute Tammy Short film
Edinburgh International Film Festival Official Selection
2007 Outlaw Kelly


Year Show Episode(s) Role
2018 Thanks for the Memories Sarah
2016 Agatha Raisin Series 1 Episode 2 Amanda
2015–2017 Death in Paradise Martha Lloyd
2007–present Not Going Out Lucy Adams
2005 Blessed Mary Hathaway
2004–06 Green Wing Kim Alabaster
2003 Absolute Power Cat Durnford
2001 The Office Donna
2000 Brand Spanking New Show Various Roles
2011 Casualty "A Quiet Life" Suki Williams
2010 Lewis "Your Sudden Death Question" Eve Rigby
2009 My Family "2039: A Christmas Oddity" Cheryl
2007 How Not to Live Your Life Pilot episode
2007 Hotel Babylon Series 2 Episode 6 Elizabeth
2007 Casualty "Stitch" Stevie Thornell
2006 Vincent Episode No.2.3 Tina
2006 The Bill "382" & "383" Dee Collier
2004 Wild West "The Film Crew" Victoria
2003 Blue Murder Pilot episode Grassmere
2001 Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible "Lesbian Vampire Lovers of Lust" Carmina
2001 Doctors "Passive Resistance" Chrissie
2001 Armstrong and Miller "Episode 4.1" Emma
2001 Beast "Cow" Carly
2000 Sunburn "Unexpected Love and Golf" Lisa
1990 Screen One "Can You Hear Me Thinking" Jenny
1987 Napoleon & Josephine "Episode 1.1 & 1.2" Hortense de Beauharnais as Child


Year Venue Show Role
2020 The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford Dial M for Murder Margot Wendice
2018 The Vaudeville Theatre, London / Theatre Royal, Bath An Ideal Husband Lady Chiltern
2008 Shakespeare's Globe, London King Lear Goneril
2006–07 Shakespeare's Globe, London In Extremis Heloise
2004 Manchester Royal Exchange A Conversation Gail Williams
2004 Library Theatre, Manchester All My Sons Ann Deever
2003 Bath Theatre Royal/Tour Present Laughter Daphne
2002 Library Theatre, Manchester Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey
2002 Oxford Stage Company/ UK tour Hay Fever Sorel


  • Nominated
    • 2002 – Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards
      Best Actress (Theatre) – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf


Year Station Show Role
2012–13 BBC Radio 4 Births, Deaths and Marriages[4] Mary
2003 BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play: Seven Floors[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Wallop, Harry (21 December 2015). "Sally Bretton: 'That wasn't my bum. I went for an upgrade'" – via
  2. ^ Actaeon Films Ltd. "Actaeon Films". Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Lee Mack on Not Going Out becoming the longest running BBC sitcom on air, Lee Mack, Radcliffe and Maconie - BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC.
  4. ^ "Births, Deaths and Marriages - BBC Radio 4". BBC.
  5. ^ "Seven Floors".

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